Activate West Michigan is a community coalition of government, community, school, healthcare, corporate and not-for-profit leaders who have come together to develop local solutions around rising rates of obesity and chronic disease. Addressing these complex and growing epidemics requires a community-based response to change the way local communities live, think, and act. 

Formed in 2005 and chaired by Carol VanAndel, the mission of Activate West Michigan is to improve the health and quality of life among West Michigan individuals, families, and communities by promoting healthy and active lifestyles.  This initiative focuses on planning to determine community need, developing collaborative partnerships, promoting community involvement and evaluating program success.

Our Focus

  • Community-Based Programs, which includes health care facilities, local clinics,churches and community centers
  • School-Based Programs, which provide urban children in vulnerable communities with active play designed to improve team building skills, instill a passion for movement, and increase the amount time engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • Corporate Wellness, which provides local employers with tips, tools, and resources necessary to shaping a healthier West Michigan
  • Public Policy, which engages and educates city, county, state, and federal policy makers using advocacy as a method to improve health

Past Events

Holiday Event

Activate West Michigan’s Holiday Event

Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:45 – 10:30 am 

Join us for the Activate West Michigan Holiday Gathering!

Our Guest Speaker is Judy Herrick, Regional Consultant in Organizational Development at CHE/Trinity Health. Judy will be sharing valuable information about Energy Renewal Quotient, or ERQ, which maximizes practices that build energy and teaches the skills to manage time around your energy levels.

In addition to our guest speaker, we will be unveiling the 2015 Get Fit, Get Healthy Wellness Calendars. This tool was developed with the intent of providing a robust and user-friendly wellness resource for companies both big and small throughout West Michigan. Participants will receive their own copy to take back and use with their organization.

Here’s a preview of what we have planned:

Spartan Stores YMCA
5722 Metro Way
Wyoming, MI 49519


7:45 – 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast

8:05 –  8:15 am

8:15 – 9:45 am
Special Speaker: Judy Herrick

9:45 – 10:00 am
Movement Moment

10:00 – 10:20 am
Unveiling of the 2015 Get Fit, Get Healthy Wellness Calendar

10:20 – 10:30 am
Closing Remarks


A big thank you to this year’s holiday gathering sponsor Novo Nordisk.

May 9, 2014 Activate West Michigan Event - Community Resources for Mind, Body, Spirit

Free Community Resources for Body, Mind and Spirit

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:45  am – 9:30 am
Community Room

(Breakfast served at 7:45 am, program promptly begins at 8:00 am)

Join our guest speakers Dawn Davies from the Kent County Health Department and Roger Sabine from the Kent County Parks and Recreation Department. They’ll have ideas and suggestions for you and your employees to increase your organization’s wellness with free resources within the community.


March 7, 2014 AWM Event Creating a Tool Kit for Better Health

Creating a Tool Kit for Better Health

The March Activate West Michigan’s 2014 Corporate Wellness Breakfast joined fellow corporate wellness champions to design and build a community “Resource Tool Kit” filled with replicable, easy to implement ideas that will engage and excite even the most formidable couch potato or naysayer.

October 25, 2013 AWM Event Pillars of Wellness AWM Event

Pillars of Wellness – The Dollars and Sense of Health Care Futures

Thank you for joining us for this educational event with breakout session led by area wellness experts.

August 8, 2013 AWM Event Wellness Communication and Engagement Workshop

Wellness Communication and Engagement Workshop

Thank you for joining us for this timely, practical, real life presentation by ROC Group on how to bridge the gap between generations and get everyone moving in the same direction. You can view the ROC Group presentation by clicking here.

May 15, 2013 AWM Event Unlocking Action - The Key to Wellness Success

Unlocking Action – The Key to Wellness Success

It was great to hear speaker Dawn Rodman from the Michigan Department of Community Health 4×4 Plan talk about how the State of Michigan can help businesses employ resources that positively influence the four identified healthy behaviors: maintain a healthy diet, engage in regular exercise, get an annual physical exam, and avoid all tobacco use and the four measures: body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood sugar/glucose level.

September 2012 AWM Event Balancing Your One Life

Balancing Your One Life- Sheryl Lozicki shares her thoughts on the Activate West Michigan’s September event. How has it impacted your life?Share your thoughts with us!

I had the opportunity to hear Cornell McClellan speak this past week on the topic “Taking the First Step to a Healthy Work/Life Balance”. He has been the personal trainer and fitness consultant to the First Family for the past several years. As the Director of Nutrition and Wellness at Saint Mary’s Health Care and Advantage Health Physician’s Network, his message was like drinking out of a fire hose. Here are the 3 key take-away messages I’d like to share with you:

  1. “Are you minding your business?” Our nature is to think we are doing well when we “Mind everyone else’s business” getting kids off to school on time, meals made, laundry done, work task list checked and at the end of the day we work more than we live. Burnout happens when we don’t mind our own business, that of nurturing our own body, mind and spirit. 43% of adults respond that they are unhappy with their work-life balance and how it affects their health. The body can be very forgiving so if your busy-ness has your priorities out of balance, your body is waiting for you. Start minding your business today.
  2. Are you wealthy? Do you feel rich? Your health is your wealth. Your health is composed of your one mind, body and spirit. “The decisions you make about your health either move you forward and sustain life or promote decay”. This was a pretty graphic comment and one that he repeated three times, to drive the message home. How we fuel our body, the frequency with which we exercise, get adequate rest or cope with stress can make us richer or poorer.
  3. The final message was to help children create a healthy vision of what success looks like. Instead of asking a child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” which elicit the typical answers of doctor, lawyer or veterinarian, ask, “Who do you want to be when you grow up.” What does the best you look like as an adult? How does the adult you now answer this question? Is it time to press your own restart button?

Creating a work life balance is hard, pace your responsibilities as you go through this journey and learn to say no. Mind your business, live rich and make sure you are living your one life as who you want to be.

Also, during our September event . . .

Bryan Nader from Mercy Health asked to share his Pantry Guide as a resource to help you get your home in shape for healthy eating: